You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 (NIV) The church exists to proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God,...
Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46
Many people have turned away from Christian faith because of teaching that was based on the Bible, but it was also misleading, and it left them, like Nathaniel, with unanswered questions.
You may have heard teaching that left you with the impression that Christianity is identified with a particular political party, or with hatred of certain groups of people.
Perhaps you heard you could be healed from every disease if you had enough faith, which seemed great, until someone you loved got sick and did not recover. Or you were told that the church is the hope of the world and then you were disappointed in the church.
Maybe you were led to believe that following Christ would lead to a wonderful life, but now your life is anything but wonderful. Maybe you were told that God is sovereign, but it was said in a way that did not give sufficient weight to evil in the world. Now you have serious questions.
If you have encountered some kind of barrier to faith, you are in the same position as Nathaniel. He heard a sincere but garbled testimony from his friend Philip, and he was left wondering, “How can this be? Messiah does not come from Nazareth.”
Philip, to his credit, does the right thing. He says to Nathaniel, “Come and see…” (1:46). In other words, “Nathaniel, I can’t answer all your questions. But come and see Jesus for yourself.”
This invitation is for every person who, like Nathaniel, is sincere in searching for the truth, but has genuine questions: Take an honest look at Jesus Christ for yourself. Don’t let a garbled version of the truth put you off. This is too important.
Do you have some serious questions? Are you ready to take an honest look at Jesus?